December 4, 2013
- Your Complete Guide to Holiday Family Fun in SW Houston
- Macaroni Kid SW Houston Holiday Family Fun Guide!
- Play With Your Food!
- Sesame Street Live
- Make Memories with DreamWorks Holiday Collection
- Mayor's Holiday Celebration and Tree Lighting Ceremony
- This Week's Picks
- This Week's Calendar
- Family Deals and Discounts
- Promote Your Business, Event, Discount, or Cause
Welcome back to Macaroni Kid SW Houston! We are continually striving to be your best resource for events and activities in Southwest Houston, Missouri City, Bellaire, Stafford, Sugar Land, and surrounding areas. Thank you for visiting!
In this Issue:
- I had a great time with the giveaway issue! There is still time to enter to win tickets to Sesame Street Live: Make New Friends, coming to town in February.
- Introducing our big list of Holiday Family Fun! All the events are in one quick reference guide. You may want to bookmark it and refer back. It will also be updated regularly
- Be sure to check out ideas on how to Play With Your Food from our national sponsor, Betty Crocker.
- Schedule a holiday-themed family movie night with the Dreamworks Holiday Collection
- Most of our SW Houston area cities are having holiday tree lighting or similar events, including Sugar Land, Missouri City, Bellaire, and Rosenberg. I've spotlighted the Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony in Houston this Friday. This event includes SW Houston's own Westbury High School choir as part of the official holiday chorus.
- The ongoing Family Deals and Discounts article is updated (finally) to include some holiday discounts.
Three things to do this weekend:
- FREE Photos with Santa at Bellaire's Nature Discovery Center, Dec. 7
- A Simple Christmas at Brazos Bend State Park, Dec. 7
- Sing We Now Christmas, Houston Ebony Opera Guild Concert, Dec. 8
Of course, you are always welcome to go straight to the calendar to view this week's events and upcoming shows.
As always, make it a great week, filled with wonderful family memories!
A quick-reference of all that's going on in and around SW Houston this holiday season.
Here is where you will find all of the holiday fun happenings in and around our area from now to New Year's Day! Many of these are also listed in more detail in the events section below and on our calendar, but feel free to use this as a quick reference. I plan to update this throughout the holiday season. Enjoy!
Tree Lighting Festivities and Special Events:
December 5 – Sugar Land’s 11th Annual Tree Lighting, Sugar Land Town Square, 5pm – 8pm
December 5 – Bellaire’s Holiday in the ...
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February 6 - 9, 2014
Keep reading for your chance to win four tickets!
Gift Idea: Although this show comes to Houston in February, it may be a great gift idea now!
Sesame Street Live
Make it a Very Merry Movie-thon with all your favorite holiday titles
Choose from 2 different gift sets to suit your family's taste. From Santa Claus to Shrek, the Original Christmas Classics and DreamWorks Holiday Collection are meant to be shared with family and friends.
© 2013 DreamWorks Animation ...
December 6, 2013
The spectacular event is a holiday tradition of music, Santa, and family fun, with fireworks by Southwest Airlines. A towering Holiday Tree, glowing with energy efficient LED (light-emitting diode) lights, shimmering ornaments and a stunning star topper will light up the streets of downtown Houston this holiday season.
Where: Vinson Neighborhood Library, 3810 W. Fuqua, HoustonWhen: 6:00 PM - 7:45 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration required.Cost: FreeFor more info: www.hpl.lib.tx.us/vinson-neighborhood-library
Where: Missouri City Civic Center Complex, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri CityWhen: 6:00 PM - 9:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration required.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.missouricitytx.gov
Where: Company OnStage, 536 Westbury Square, Houston, 77035When: 11:00 AM (Show times are 11:00AM and 1:30PM every Saturday through December 17.)Who: All agesHow: Ticket required. Purchase tickets here. Shows are on Saturdays at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM through December on December 7th and 14th; 2:00 pm on Decemer 8th and 15th. Seating is reserved. Reservations are strongly recommended.Cost: $10 per person.For more info: www.companyonstage.org
Where: The Ice at Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney, HoustonWhen: n/aWho: All agesHow: Weather Permitting: The ice rink may be closed at times due to weather conditions, such as heat, lightning or rain. On very warm days, the rink may open late so that the ice may be covered until 3:30 p.m.Cost: $12 includes skate rental and tax. Skating time limited to 1.5 hours all school holidays and weekends. A portion of ticket sales goes to support Discovery Green's free year-round programming. Tickets are available in person at The ICE at Discovery Green presented by XFINITY®.
Cheap Skate Nights presented by Houston on the Cheap, every Monday, $5 per personFor more info: www.discoverygreen.com
Where: Brown Theater at the Wortham Theater Center, 501 Texas Street at Smith Street, HoustonWhen: Times vary. Check website for specific times.Who: Recommended age: Two years and olderHow: Ticket required.Cost: Tickets begin at $30/personFor more info: www.houstonballet.org/TheNutcracker
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 277 Town Center Blvd., Sugar Land (map)When: 5:00 PM - 8:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.sugarlandtx.gov
Where: Bellaire Town Square, 7008 S. Rice Blvd., BellaireWhen: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.ci.bellaire.tx.us or call 713-662-8280
Friday, December 6 through Saturday, December 7 - ON STAGE: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever - Fort Bend Theatre
Where: Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N. Main, StaffordWhen: 8:00 PMWho: All agesHow: Ticket requiredCost: $16 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $13 for childrenFor more info: fortbendtheatre.com
Where: Pappasito's Cantina, 13750 Southwest Freeway, Sugar LandWhen: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AMWho: All agesHow: Ticket requiredCost: $25 adults; $15 children under 12For more info: fortbendtheatre.com
Where: Begins at the corner of Murphy Road and Cartwright Road.When: 9:00 AMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration required.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.missouricitytx.gov
Where: Nature Discovery Center, 7112 Newcastle, BellaireWhen: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration required.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.naturediscoverycenter.org
Where: Houston Center for Comtemporary Craft, 4848 Main St., Houston, TX 77002When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: Families and children of all ages are welcome, and materials are provided.How: No pre-registration requried.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.crafthouston.org
This week's craft: Igloo Toss Game
Brrrr…kids craft this icy igloo and a penguin to match—for a silly toss game to keep busy during winter break!
Where: Lakeshore Learning Store, 2405 Post Oak Blvd., Houston (and all participating Lakeshore locations.)When: 11:00 AM - 3:00 PMWho: Preschool - to early elementary agesHow: No pre-registration required.Cost: FREEFor more info: www.lakeshorelearning.com
Where: Children's Museum of Houston, 1500 Binz, HoustonWhen: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PMWho: All agesHow: Admission requiredCost: Included with the cost of admission. General Museum admission: $9 per person and $8 for seniors 65+ and for military personnel. Children under one and Museum Members receive free admission.For more info: www.cmhouston.org
Where: Historic Downtown RosenbergWhen: 12:00 PM - 8:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.ci.rosenberg.tx.us
Where:Brazos Bend State Park, 21901 FM 762, Needville, TexasWhen: 3:00 PM - 7:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREE with the cost of park admissionFor more info: www.brazosbend.org
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, 2477 Town Center Blvd., Sugar LandWhen: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.sugarlandtownsquare.com
Where: Sugar Land Town Square, Marriott lobbyWhen: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.sugarlandtownsquare.com
Where: Bayou Music Center, 520 Texas Avenue, HoustonWhen: 2:00 PM (Additional show at 5:30pm)Who: Fans of Yo Gabba GabbaHow: Ticket requiredCost: $25 - $45For more info: bayoumusiccenter.com
Sunday, December 8 - Christmas Concert: Sing We Now of Christmas: A Concert of Favorites - Westbury United Methodist Church
Where: Westbury United Methodist Church, 5200 Willowbend Boulevard at West Belfort Avenue, HoustonWhen: 4:00 PMWho: All agesHow: No pre-registration requiredCost: FREEFor more info: www.houstonebonymusic.org
Macaroni Savings - Includes Kids Eat Free Restaurants
Here a few Family Deals and Discounts. As always, items listed are subject to change.
Cheap Skate Nights presented by Houston on the Cheap. Glide around The Ice at Discovery Green for just $5.00 per person plus tax. Skate rentals included.
Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo - Now through Dec. 12, save $5 on weeknights with code WINTER. Offer valid Monday - Thursday, and tickets must be purchased online.
Free Breakfast at Chick-fil-A - Now - December 7, 6am - 10:30am at participating Houston-area Chick-fil-A Restaurants. Reserve ...
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